Chapter

The Crusaders' Quest

G. Ronald Murphy

in Gemstone of Paradise

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306392
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306392.003.0004
 The Crusaders' Quest

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This chapter argues that Wolfram's two great epics, Parzival and Willehalm, are a poet's protest against the whole notion of religious crusade, and in particular against Christian-Muslim enmity. In both works he attempts to make his contemporaries realize that a Christian crusade aimed at killing Muslims in order to secure possession of Christ's grave and restore his feudal territory to him is a mistake of literalness concerning the whereabouts of the Lord Christ's rock grave and the location of his “territory.” He suggests that the literalness is a sign of profound sickness causing both suffering and ugliness among the baptized who live on Mount Salvation. In his attempt at enlightenment, Wolfram's unexpected poetic weapon is the gemstone.

Keywords: Wolfram; Grail; Crusades; Christians; Muslims; gemstone; Parzival; Willehalm

Chapter.  11116 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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